Former barracks site is not a dump

By Ciara Quinn

L OCAL residents have contacted Find It & Fix It demanding that urgent action be taken to clean up the land at the former Andersonstown barracks site.

Sinn Féin’s Caomhín Mac Giolla Mhín said that he has also become concerned over the state of the land.

“This land is owned by the Department for Social Development (DSD) and it is their responsibility to clean it to an acceptable standard. This is supposed to act as the gateway to Andersonstown and the Glen Road and the mess on it is just brutal,” he said.

“I’m appealing to the DSD to make contact with Belfast City Council so that some sort of cleaning agreement can be reached. On numerous occasions the Council have cleaned this land as a goodwill gesture. There are weeds, litter, broken bottles and rubbish strewn all over this site and in my opinion the DSD are abdicating their responsibilities.”

A spokesperson for the DSD said: “The site of the former Andersonstown police station is regularly maintained and recently underwent an inspection. There were minor recommendations for the spraying of weeds around bollards and there was no mention of litter or illegal dumping.

“DSD will arrange for a further inspection this week and will carry out any necessary maintenance work if required.”

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